Our places of work, our families, our public institutions are also full of messy, complex, and often broken people. We carry unconscious biases about people who are different from us that shape how we interact with the world. Our hope for a reborn California that is rooted in equity, interdependence, and kinship reside in our ability to be both messy and together.
I’ve come to believe that we must learn to build bridges with others who are messy, because it is through the transformational energy of relationships and encounter that we achieve the revolution of our own human hearts and the possibility of social change fueled by organized love. We are messy, but we are together, and we are building a prophetic movement with enough power to give birth to a new California. And in my mom’s words, “That is what matters most.”
Let me close with the words another great prophet, the late Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano, who from somewhere beyond shares with us today his answer to the question, Where do we go from here? In a California reborn: